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William Darity Jr.

Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
Chapter Member: North Carolina SSN

About William

Darity's research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.


Why the U.S. Federal Government Needs to Guarantee Jobs for All Willing Workers

  • Mark Paul
  • William Darity Jr.

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

Quoted by Jill Tucker in "School Board Faces Mural Dilemma: Free Speech or Racial Justice," San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2019.
Research discussed by Jesus Rodriguez, in "This Could Be the First Slavery Reparations Policy in America," Politico, April 9, 2019.
Interviewed in "‘Baby Bonds’ Could Help the U.S. Wealth Gap," (with Darrick Hamilton) Bloomberg, April 5, 2019.
Quoted by Katia Dmitrieva in "Leading Democrats are Backing One of the Most Radical Economic Plans in Years," Bloomberg, May 18, 2018.
Quoted by Dwyer Gunn in "A Federal College Loan Program is Exacerbating the Racial Wealth Gap," Pacific Standard, May 18, 2018.
Research discussed by DeRay McKesson, in "Road to Zero Wealth Reaches Pod Save the People," Pod Save the People, May 16, 2018.
Research discussed by Antonio Moore, in "Black Wealth from Kanye to Donald Glover: America's Decadent Veil," NewsMax, May 11, 2018.
Quoted by David Love in "Should the Kanye West MAGA Debacle Remind Black People That," Atlanta Black Star, May 6, 2018.
Research discussed by Sam Fullwood III, in "New Study Takes Aim at Debunking Old Myths about America’s Racial Wealth Gap," Think Progress, May 2, 2018.
Quoted by David Dayen in "Whether American Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program is Not Up for Debate," The Intercept, April 30, 2018.
Quoted by Gregory Krieg in "Why a 'federal jobs guarantee' is Gaining Steam with Democrats," CNN, April 26, 2018.
Quoted by Gideon Resnick in "How Guaranteeing Jobs Became the Hot New Policy Priority for 2020 Dems," The Daily Beast, April 25, 2018.
Quoted by Jonathan Chait in "Democrats are Rushing into a Job Guarantee. It Could be a Huge Mistake.," New York Magazine, April 25, 2018.
Interviewed in "Meet the Researcher Dispelling Old Myths about the Racial Wealth Gap," Pacific Standard, April 24, 2018.
Research discussed by Noah Smith, in "How to Reduce the Black-White Wealth Gap," Bloomberg View, April 23, 2018.
Quoted by Dylan Matthews in "Cory Booker’s New Big Idea: Guaranteeing Jobs for Everyone Who Wants One," Vox, April 20, 2018.
Quoted by Tanvi Misra in "Does Homeownership Really 'Drive' the Black-White Wealth Gap?," City Lab, April 20, 2018.
Research discussed by Jamelle Bouie, in "Mind the Gap," Slate, April 20, 2018.
Quoted by Eshe Nelson in "Greater Homeownership isn’t the Answer to Ending Wealth Inequality," Quartz, April 19, 2018.
Research discussed by Antonio Moore, in "What We Get Wrong about Closing the Racial Wealth Gap," Fortune, April 16, 2018.
Quoted by Natalie Sherman in "A True Picture of US Black Jobless Figures," BBC News, February 2, 2018.
Opinion: "Make Every Child a Trust Fund Baby," William Darity Jr. (with Darrick Hamilton), The News & Observer, January 18, 2018.
Quoted by Vann R. Newkirk II in "Instead of Work Requirements, Why Not a Jobs Guarantee?," The Atlantic, January 14, 2018.
Research discussed by Brad Williams, in "This Proposal Would Give an Average of $20000 to Every Baby Born in the US," The Kansas City Star, January 11, 2018.
Research discussed by Heather Long, in "There's a Serious Proposal to Give Babies Born in the United States $20,000 (or More)," Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2018.
Research discussed by Heather Long, in "There's a Serious Proposal to Give Babies Born in the United States $20000 (or More)," Washington Post, January 8, 2018.
Research discussed by Bryce Covert, in "Back to Work," The New Republic, July 18, 2017.
Quoted by Annie Lowrey in "Should the Government Guarantee Everyone a Job?," The Atlantic, May 17, 2017.
Guest on North Carolina Public Radio, April 10, 2017.
Research discussed by Victor Ray, in "The Racialization of Academic Funding," Inside HigherEd, February 10, 2017.
Quoted by Gillian B. White in "Black Wealth in the Age of Trump," The Atlantic, February 7, 2017.
Interviewed in "Bootstraps and Silver Spoons," Ways and Means Podcast, February 7, 2017.
Opinion: "Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee," William Darity Jr. (with Darrick Hamilton), Jacobin Magazine, February 4, 2017.
Opinion: "How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans," William Darity Jr., The Atlantic, December 22, 2016.
Research discussed by Lynn Parramore, in "Baby Bonds: A Plan for Black/White Wealth Equality Conservatives Could Love?," Institute for New Economic Thinking, October 25, 2016.
Guest on New Economic Thinking, September 16, 2016.
Quoted by Monica Anderson in "Blacks with College Experience More Likely to Say They Faced Discrimination," Pew Research Center Fact Tank, July 27, 2016.
Opinion: "A Guaranteed Federal Jobs Program is Needed," William Darity Jr., New York Times, July 11, 2016.
Opinion: "Why Black Colleges and Universities Still Matter," William Darity Jr. (with Darrick Hamilton, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Alan A. Aja, and Carolyn Ash), The American Prospect, November 9, 2015.